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Newport, NH

newport New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Town of Newport Planning Department
Christina Donovan, Planning & Zoning Administrator
15 Sunapee Street, Municipal Building
Newport, NH 03773
Telephone (603) 863-8010
Fax (603) 863-8008
E-mail cdonovan@newportnh.gov
Web Site www.newportnh.gov

Municipal Office Hours Town Manager, Finance/Taxation: Monday to Friday, 8-5; Town Clerk: Monday to Friday, 8-4:30; Planning/Zoning: Monday to Friday, 8-3

County Sullivan
Labor Market Area Newport, NH LMA
Tourism Region Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee
Planning Commission Upper Valley Lake Sunapee
Regional Development Capital Regional Development Council

Election Districts
US Congress District District 2
Executive Council District District 2
State Senate District District 8
State Representative Sullivan County Districts 3, 7

Incorporated: 1761
Origin: The first grant of this territory was in 1753 as Grenville, after George Grenville, William Pitt's brother-in-law. Few of the grantees were able to take up claim, and in 1761, the town was granted to a new group as Newport, in honor of Henry Newport, a distinguished English soldier and statesman. This group also had difficulty settling, and was granted a charter renewal in 1769. One of the most well-known people born in Newport was Sarah Josepha Buell Hale, daughter of innkeeper Gordon Buell. She was one of the first women editors in America, and edited the book Poems for Children that included Mary Had A Little Lamb. She also made a successful appeal to President Lincoln for creation of a national holiday, to be known as Thanksgiving Day.
Villages and Place Names: Chandlers Mills, Guild, Kelleyville, North Newport, Chandler Station
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 780 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Newport totaled 401 over 50 years, from 5,899 in 1970 to 6,300 in 2020. The 2022 Census estimate for Newport was 6,426 residents, which ranked 54th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2022 (US Census Bureau): 147.7 persons per square mile of land area. Newport contains 43.5 square miles of land area and 0.1 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2019 $9,693,694
Budget: School Appropriations, 2020-2021 $19,837,926
Zoning Ordinance 1965/19
Master Plan 2012
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board
Boards and Commissions
Appointed:Planning; Conservation; Library; Zoning; Heritage; Airport; Recreation
Public Library Richards Free

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Municipal
Emergency Medical Service Municipal
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Valley Regional, Claremont 11 miles 25
New London Hospital, New London 13 miles 25

Electric Supplier Eversource Energy; NH Electric Coop.
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Newport Water Works
Sanitation Private septic & municipal
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant Yes
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupPrivate
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramYes
Recycling ProgramVoluntary
Telephone Company Consolidated Communications; Windstream
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2022 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $20.90
2022 Equalization Ratio 98.5
2022 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $20.43
2022 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings71.7%
Commercial Land and Buildings25.1%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other3.3%

(ACS 2017-2021) Housing
Total Housing Units 2,819
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 1,802
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 359
Five or More Units in Structure 408
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 250
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-Year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2022 6,426 43,958
2020 6,299 43,063
2010 6,507 43,742
2000 6,276 40,560
1990 6,095 38,652
1980 6,229 36,063
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2017-2021
Population by Gender
Male:   3,076 Female:   3,240
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 294
Age 5 to 19 1,003
Age 20 to 34 1,451
Age 35 to 54 1,575
Age 55 to 64 850
Age 65 and over 1,143
Median Age 42.3 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over 4,466
High school graduate or higher 90.7%
Bachelor's degree or higher 26.8%

(ACS 2017-2021) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $31,830
Median family income $66,304
Median household income $65,435
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers
Male $57,563
Female $45,786
Individuals below the poverty level 19.4%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2012 2022
Civilian Labor Force 3,832 3,564
Employed 3,650 3,486
Unemployed 182 78
Unemployment Rate 4.7% 2.2%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2012 2022
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment 1,250 1,216
Average Weekly Wage $1,278 $1,436
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment 1,578 1,481
Average Weekly Wage $599 $907
Total Private Industry
Average Employment 2,829 2,697
Average Weekly Wage $899 $1,145
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment 456 414
Average Weekly Wage $691 $886
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment 3,284 3,111
Average Weekly Wage $870 $1,111

If "n" appears, data does not meet disclosure standards.

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Newport operates grades K-12 SAU 43
Career Technology Center(s): Sugar River Valley RTC (Newport)
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1 1 1 2
Grade Levels P K 1-5 6-8 9-12 9-12
Total Enrollment 323 194 292 161
2022 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 6 Total Capacity: 143
Nearest Community/Technical College: River Valley
Nearest Colleges or Universities: Dartmouth; Franklin Pierce-Lebanon; Upper Valley Educators Institute; Colby-Sawyer

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Sturm Ruger & Co. Sporting firearms 1,250 1949
LaValley Building Supply Building components 97 1962
Bar Harbor Bank and Trust Banking services 110 1865
Hartford Eichenauer, Inc. Heating elements 45 1982
Latva Machine Co., Inc. Precision machine parts 50 1979
Newport Health Center Health care 54 1991
Carroll Concrete Concrete products 70 1973
Sugar River Bank Banking services 75 1895
Premier Precision/RDS Machine parts 64 2008
Shaw's Supermarket 58 1980

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 10, 11, 103
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-89, Exits 12A - 13
Distance 10 miles
Railroad No
Public Transportation CTS
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Parlin Field, NewportRunway3,450 ft. asphalt
Lighted? No Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Lebanon Municipal Distance 29 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 1
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 55 miles
Portland, ME 148 miles
Boston, MA 106 miles
New York City, NY 256 miles
Montreal, Quebec 211 miles

(ACS 2017-2021) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over 3,334
Drove alone, car/truck/van 76.7%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 10.3%
Public transportation 0.3%
Walked 2.1%
Other Means 3.2%
Worked at home 7.4%
Mean Travel Time to Work 26.4 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2017-2021)
Working in community of residence 35.7%
Commuting to another NH community 52.7%
Commuting out-of-state 11.6%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
X Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourist Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
X Youth Sports: Football
X Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
X Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): Mount Sunapee, Okemo
Other: Covered Bridges; Lake Sunapee; Parlin Field Airport; Rails to Trails; Sugar River; Outdoor Ice Skating Rink; Team Pinnacle Events; Winter Carnival; Farmer's Market; Concerts on The Common; Library Arts Center Exhibits

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, October 2023. Community Response Received 6/2/23

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